Hoosiers On Losing End Of Pitching Duel, Fall 1-0 To Illinois
April 20, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Much like the opening game of today’s doubleheader at Illinois, it was a solo shot that made all of the difference in the Hoosiers loss to the Fighting Illini. Indiana and UI showcased solid pitching performances as each team was held scoreless through six and half innings until Illinois’ Remeny Perez put one out in center to give the Illini a 1-0 lead. The Hoosiers could not match the home team’s one run, resulting IU’s second loss in the series.
Amanda Wagner reached base in her sixth consecutive plate appearance of the day with her 15th double of the season in the top of the third inning in a 1-for-3 day. Her 15 two-baggers ties the second-most in a single season by any IU player, and she is just two shy of tying both Michelle Venturella (1994) and Mary Haslinger (1987) who share the single-season record of 17. Samantha Heyman owned the Hoosiers other hit of the ballgame with her single in the top of the second.
Lora Olson threw six complete innings and held the Illini scoreless until the bottom of the sixth. She surrendered just one run on five hits and struck out three.
Illinois looked to strike early in the first after putting runners on with a pair of singles, but the Hoosiers defense extinguished the threat with an inning-ending double play.
Heyman reached base with the Hoosiers' first hit of the ballgame, a single off the pitcher's glove, and moved to second base on a wild pitch. She would be stranded however, as Lexi Reese and Jenna Abraham popped out and struck out, respectively.
The home team managed to put runners at second and third for the second straight inning, but again IU was able to escape unscathed. Wagner would then put a runner on second with her one-out double in the top of three, but much like the second inning, Indiana could not generate the go-ahead run.
As the game headed into the bottom of the sixth, both squads still longed for its first run. Indiana went 1-2-3 in the top, and Illinois appeared to follow suit after the first two batters of the frame ground out. Perez would not fall under that same fate, but instead hit a solo homerun off the centerfield scoreboard to give her team a late one-run lead.
The Hoosiers would enter the seventh down a run and needed to atleast tie to keep the game alive, but three straight outs would end it.
IU will play in the series finale tomorrow, April 21. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. EST.
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